NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

566 Ron and Kathy Assaf College of NursingHPH 7220—Research Ethics This course introduces students to ethics concepts as they apply to questions and challenges in conducting research with human subjects. The aim is to increase students’ awareness of, and ability to reason through, ethical issues that arise in human subjects research. The course will draw upon historical examples, codes, declarations, and other sources of ethical guidance, including discussions of contemporary controversies in human subjects research. (3 semester hours) HPH 7300—Biostatistics I The application of quantitative techniques has expanded rapidly in medical decision making. The emphasis on evidence-based health care means that health care workers must be able to evaluate the results frompublished health care research studies. This course is the first of two courses designed to provide students with the knowledge of quantitative techniques. It will cover descriptive statistics, parametric group comparison statistics, and basic nonparametric statistics. It will also provide an introduction to linear modeling. (3 semester hours) HPH 7310—Biostatistics II The aim of this course is to enable students to appreciate the richness of statistical science and the concepts of probabilistic thinking. Statistics is the science of the future. Any technique that students learn will help them to understand the unknown better and, in turn, will increase their success in other courses and in future professional careers. Principles of statistical inference build upon the Fundamentals of Biostatistics course. The goals of this course are threefold: (1) introduce the basic concepts of probability and methods for calculating the probability of an event; (2) assist students in developing and understanding probability theory and sampling distributions; and (3) familiarize students regarding inferences involving one or two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-square tests. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 semester hours) HPH 7400—Quantitative Research Design This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the basic methods and approaches used in health-related research. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies. The course will cover ethics, formulation of research questions, study design, reliability, validity, sampling, measurement, and interpretation of research findings. It will prepare students to critically evaluate published literature and to design sound research studies. The course will be both theoretical and applied. Students will be challenged to apply the theoretical concepts presented in the classroom and in the readings to design a study that addresses a health-related issue of their choice. (3 semester hours) HPH 7410—Qualitative Research Design The Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are designed to prepare students to conduct research in their discipline. In HPH 7410, students will focus primarily on the knowledge and skill competencies needed to design and conduct OT/PT qualitative research successfully. In this pursuit, students will immerse themselves in the epistemological, theoretical, ethical, methodological, and procedural understanding of qualitative research; apply this knowledge to the conceptualization and conduct of OT/PT qualitative research; report the findings of the research in the form of a research article; and appraise the quality of such qualitative research products. Upon completion of the course, students will have demonstrated that they have mastered the basic competencies needed to create, plan, and complete a qualitative research dissertation. (3 semester hours) HPH 7500—Philosophy of Science This course will address classical issues in the philosophy of science, including demarcation, the distinction between what science is and is not, hypothesis development, confirmation and falsification, causation, and explanation. The course will also explore the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and axiological foundation of the major paradigms within which inquiry in the human services professions are located. Issues of congruence between research question selection and paradigm selection will be addressed as well. (3 semester hours) HPH 7600—Grants and Publications This course is designed to provide writing experiences that prepare the learner for manuscript and grant proposal submissions. This introductory experience into the grant process from proposal to funding to management will include project management, funding sources, and funding challenges. Other course requirements include a research proposal (manuscript) that is ready for submission for publication and development of a dissertation proposal. (3 semester hours) HPH 7700—Tests and Measurements The course provides a foundation in the basic principles of measurement error with a focus on how to assess and control for error through research designmethods and statistical analysis. Students will explore test construction and parsimonious data analysis methods to develop an understanding for designing instruments and assessment tools. Topics in the course will include survey implementation, sampling, data collection, follow-up, and ethical issues. A focus on issues specific to measurement error in the medical sciences will also be examined throughout the course. (3 semester hours) Course Descriptions